Marine Pollution ControlMarine Pollution Control
8631 West Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48209 USA
313.849.2333 - 24/hour

11320 E Lakewood Blvd., #11
Holland, MI 49424
800-521-8232 – 24/Hour

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Oil-laden Lake Erie shipwreck prompts emergency leak investigation

October 25, 2015 
TOLEDO, OH — A sunken barge that's considered by authorities to be the worst potential polluting shipwreck in the Great Lakes is believed to be threatening Lake Erie with up to 4,700 barrels of petroleum.
A suspected leak from the Argo, a tanker barge that sank off Sandusky, Ohio, in 1937, has prompted an emergency response from the U.S. Coast Guard, which confirmed a 400-by-20 yard "discoloration" in the water near the wreck on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The Argo, discovered by a shipwreck hunter in August, may be leaking something described by divers as having a "strong solvent odor." The wreck is 44 feet down and about 8 miles east of Kelley's Island, near the U.S. and Canadian border.

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Exxon, BP, 10 Others Pay $3.5M, Clean Up Hazardous Waste at Superfund Site

October 21, 2015

ExxonMobil, BP, DuPont and Veolia are among the 12 private parties that will pay more than $3.5 million as part of a settlement with the EPA related to the Metro Container Superfund Site in Trainer, Pennsylvania.
The 12 settling parties will pay an estimated $2.5 million for the investigation and an estimated $1 million to remove contaminated soil at the superfund site. They will also reimburse the EPA for its oversight costs.

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Release of 2015 World’s Worst Pollution Problems Report

The release of the tenth report in The World’s Worst Pollution Problems series - “The New Top Six Toxic Threats: A Priority List for Remediation” - issued by the nonprofit Pure Earth and Green Cross Switzerland. The new report updates the top six toxic threats from 2010, with some surprising changes in 2015. 
The report spotlights six pollutants—common around the globe—that pose an outsized and preventable threat to human health. These toxins affect the health of more than 80 million people resulting in serious illness, especially in children. 
The report will be available for download after the teleconference at, where you can also read past reports. 

US Department of Justice will not pursue extra $92 million from Exxon for Valdez spill

US and Alaska state officials will no longer seek an additional $92 million from Exxon Mobil to pay for environmental cleanup and restoration stemming from the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill 26 years ago.
In court documents filed on Wednesday, the state of Alaska and US Department of Justice said they were dropping remaining judicial action and would no longer seek the additional money from Exxon due to the recovery of several species, including ducks and sea otters, living in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.
“Although we will not be pursuing Exxon for additional damages, our decision today does not close the book on lingering oil,” Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards said in a statement.
The tanker Valdez ran aground in March, 1989, dumping about 11 million gallons, or 260,000 barrels, of crude oil into the icy waters off the southern coast of Alaska. The spill was at the time the largest ever in US waters, and one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters.

MPC Opens New Facility in Holland

09/30/2015 For Immediate Release

To better serve its customers in West Michigan, Detroit-based Marine Pollution Control (MPC) is opening a satellite location in Holland, MI. MPC is one of the oldest and most respected providers of environmental services in the nation.

MPC has evolved into an agile and professional responder, attending emergencies, on both water and land, and taking care of customers’ industrial needs with equal expertise. “We expect our new location to allow us to better serve our current and prospective West Michigan customers,” said Charlie Usher, MPC’s President. MPC’s services encompass emergency response for oil and hazardous materials releases, mercury and PCB decontamination, and industrial services—including tank and pit cleaning, waste hauling, water blasting, plant shut-downs, lab packing, confined space entry and rescue, asbestos inspections, and training and compliance services.

The company already has working relationships with several environmental contractors in the region and a project manager based in Wayland. Hiring of dedicated staff has started, and the new facility is open. MPC plans to supplement with existing team members and additional equipment as its customers’ needs require.

Dave Usher, MPC’s founder and Chairman, has said, “Nothing is more important to us than assuring we complete the job - whether it is cleaning up an oil spill or removing hazardous materials - to the satisfaction of those who seek our help.”

Dave often reminds the staff of his first oil spill clean-up in Dearborn in the ‘60’s, when the company was not yet then in the business of emergency response cleaning up oil spills, but his customer needed help—he responded, the customer was happy, and the spill response industry was born.

MPC’s new facility is located at 11320 E. Lakewood Blvd., #11, Holland, MI 49424. Emergencies should be reported and day-to-day work scheduled by calling MPC’s 24-hour number, 313-849-2333 or 800-521-8232. More information about MPC is available at